First Springtime Blouse
This is my first go at the New Look 6808 pattern. I had made a muslin, but didn’t make a second muslin to check my corrections. So this blouse is kinda my very-wearable muslin.
I bought this fabric late last summer, which is some sort of cotton blend. It’s quite shifty and loves to shred the moment it’s cut. Honestly, I think it’s most likely a low quality fabric, but it was too pretty to resist. I’m not sure how long the blouse will last, I tried to take extra precautions to prevent unraveling (french seams wherever possible along with serging) and with all of this, I think I’ll still be washing it by hand.
Taking advantage of the most unseasonably warm weather today, I threw this outfit on right before my husband and I were walking down to get some coffee, as an afternoon refresher. (I had a refreshing iced soy latte.)
I’m talking really, really warm! I believe it got up to 80 degrees today! In March! People, I don’t think we’ve ever had such nice weather so soon. Like ever! Sadly, I doubt it will last much longer, but I’m glad I was able to bribe Felix to take a few photos.
When Felix asked where I wanted to go take some photos, I pointed across the street to this great big yellow bush/tree/thing. The grass is turning green, but there’s still a lack of color on the trees and all I could see was this giant yellow bush which seemed like a wonderful flash of color to stand next to.
Detail shot of the infamous tricky collar:
I stayed pretty true to the pattern and didn’t alter things too much. I ended up shortening the armscye a great deal by ‘cheating’. When I say I cheated, it’s because I stitched the shoulders at least 1″ and 5/8’s lower and recut the neckline, instead of shortening the bodice at the upper chest or by raising up the armscye (and then refitting the shoulders/upper chest area). And instead of readjusting the sleeve, I used the same sleeve pattern and made lots of soft gathers at the top of the sleeve cap instead of having a very flat & smoother cap. (I think I like my new sleeves much better than the original.)
Okay, enough about blouses…. let’s talk birds.
This is me and my new pal, Birdie:
Felix and I had such a fun trip to get coffee. First we saw two guys right outside our apartment walking on a slackline. Felix tried it out, but since I was wearing a skirt I had to decline. Then, as we were walking towards the yellow bush/tree/thing we happened upon a woman (Ellen) working on a crossword puzzle and she had her pet bird outside, chillaxing together. I couldn’t stop without saying something and she let me pet and hold Miss Birdie.
I’m not sure what it is about birds, but I think they’re such characters and can be a lot of fun.
Birdie, just watching me watch her play with a twig.
After taking some blouse photos, I found a rope hanging from a tree, steps away from the giant yellow bush. It was just hanging there, begging for me to give it a whirl:
I walked away from this guy with a rope burn on my knees, but it was fun and worth it! (And yes, I think my legs are as pasty-white as my skirt. heh)
So much happened in a quick walk to get some coffee, all within 20 minutes and within 2 blocks from my home. This is why I absolutely love living in the city. You never know what fun, unexpected thing will happen next.